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DENT, MN. –  Canadian Pacific Railway cars carrying hazardous materials derailed on Friday, Feb 15, near Dent, Minnesota.


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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Union Pacific freight train traveling from Chicago to St. Paul on Saturday August 25, derailed on railroad tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

A Union Pacific train derailed in St. Paul, MN under the 7th St bridge just north of I-94 on August 25, 2012. Photo credit:

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BRAINERD, MN – Twenty BNSF rail cars carrying coal derailed on Sunday, July 10, five miles east of Highway 25 overpass near Brainerd, MN. The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. in a remote area by Loerch Road, at Mile Post 111 in Oak Law Township.

The train, with 121 loaded coal cars and three locomotives, originated in Montana and was traveling east to Superior, Wis. ... Read More

BRECKENRIDGE, MN – About 1000 gallons of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was spilled in a train derailment in Breckenridge, MN on April 30, 2011 creating a sticky mess for railroad workers to clean up.

Red River Valley & Western Railroad

Breckenridge is located in Wilkin County, Minnesota in the western part of the state on the border with North Dakota about 201 miles northwest of Minneapolis. ... Read More

WALNUT GROVE, MN – Fifteen cars of a DM&E train loaded with grain derailed just east of Walnut Grove, MN on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011.

Demolished hopper cars lie on their sides after DM&E train derailment in Walnut Grove, MN on January 11, 2011. Photo credit: Troy Krause

Walnut Grove is in Redwood County, Minnesota in the southern part of the state. It is located about 38 miles southwest of Redwood Falls and 148 miles southwest of Minneapolis. ... Read More

FT. WORTH, TX – BNSF has issued a news release in response to an investigative report about BNSF’s conduct in grade crossing and railroad employee safety issues reported by The Minneapolis Star Tribune, calling the report bias.

In their investigative report, The Minneapolis Star Tribune identified 13 cases in which judges allegedly disciplined the railroad for destroying evidence and other legal wrongdoing. At issue was an investigation into a 2003 rail crossing collision that killed four people. ... Read More

According to an article at INFORUM, Amy McBeth, BNSF’s director of public affairs, said the company is in the process of adding about 50 new jobs in North Dakota. Some of those have been filled, and a second round of hiring is set for early 2011. The company began the hiring push in August, 2010. BNSF employs about two-thirds of North Dakota’s 2,000 rail workers.

The company will also add about 90 jobs in Minnesota, where about 2,200 of the state’s 5,200 rail workers are BNSF employees. ... Read More

BRIMSON, MN – Five railroad workers were injured in a head-on collision between two Canadian National ore trains in Brimson, Minnesota, an unincorporated community in Ault Township.

Two Canadian National ore trains collide head-on injuring 5 railroad employees in Brimson, MN.

The train crash occurred in a section of tracks about 15 miles north of Two Harbors, MN on Thursday evening, September 28, 2010 at about 4:00 p.m. off Lake County Road 14 near Highland Lake. ... Read More

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